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Published on: 25 Apr 2017 by sophia-moore

Why Invest in Sump Pump

A sump pump is often required in new construction because they are so useful. Sump pumps remove water from the lowest part of your home and channel it safely away and helps avoiding flood. Are they worth the investment if you don’t have one? We believe so, and here’s why.

Basements are vulnerable to water penetration. There are many routes, including broken appliances, broken or cracked pipes, snow melt, water pooling near the foundation and infiltration, and cracked walls. Water naturally seeks the lowest point, which would be your basement. This can make it very hard to remove without a pump or a bucket brigade. A sump pump will keep you from having to call your friends.

A sump pump rests in a hole in the lowest corner of your basement. When water fills the hole and triggers the pump, an impeller pushes the water up a pipe and out of the home so it can run away from the foundation. A properly working sump pump can save you thousands of dollars in basement repairs and property damage.

Water damage professionals near you can install sump pumps for you, but if you are handy with a jackhammer, electrical, and plumbing skills you can install one on your own. Pumps have two core parts, the pump itself and a liner where the water will fall in. Consider where the lowest part of your basement is and where you want the water to run off, then dig a hole that is 3” wider and 6” deeper than your liner. The void around the liner should be filled with pea gravel and tamped. Level the liner.

Pumps come in two varieties. Submerged pumps are quieter, but more expensive. Pedestal pumps are louder but cheaper. In either case, you need to make sure the pump has enough head to pull the water from the bottom of the pit and up your pipe. A pump that is too weak won’t work. Measure the distance between the bottom of the pit to where the pipe will curve over into the foundation.

Sump pumps require electricity. If you have one that you plug in or you’ll wire yourself, it needs to have GFDI protection. Some pumps have a battery backup system in case of power failure. The battery should be placed above the expected waterline. Follow the instructions in your pump’s manual for more information on proper electrical connections.

After the pump is installed and level, it’s just a matter of running pipe from the pump through a hole in the foundation. Make sure the pipe sticks out far enough from the foundation so water drains away. The hole also needs to be properly caulked to prevent water infiltration.

To test the pump, put a bucket of water into the sump hole. That should activate the pump. If it doesn’t, review your manual or call a water damage professional or plumber to inspect your work.

Sump pumps aren’t terribly expensive and can save your home from huge repair bills. If you don’t have one and you have a basement, consider getting one installed.

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